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The American President Details


This earnest, intelligent, and well-written romantic comedy is enjoyable and optimistic in classic Hollywood style, even if its idealism doesn't seem quite so credible against the cynical political backdrop of the Nineties. President Andrew Shepherd (Michael Douglas), an unabashedly liberal Democrat, is just gearing up for re-election when he meets an attractive and sharp environmental lobbyist named Sydney Wade (Annette Bening). The two fall in love and the President must soon deal with the political repercussions (Sydney is trying to get legislation through Congress), as well as the cynical machinations of Republican opponent Senator Bob Rumson (Richard Dreyfuss), who attempts to paint Sydney as a radical and use "family values" rhetoric to smear Shepherd. With the attacks affecting his standings in the all-important polls, and his love's legislation causing him headaches in the Capitol, Shepherd must decide whether he can risk continuing his relationship. A rich supporting cast, solid characterizations by Douglas and Bening, and an articulate approach make this an appealing, if not particularly weighty, study of the tensions between public and private life. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi

  • Release date:November 17, 1995


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Aaron Sorkin Best Screenplay 1995 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Annette Bening Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1995 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Marc Shaiman Best Original Musical or Comedy Score 1995 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Michael Douglas Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1995 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Rob Reiner Best Director 1995 Nominee


Michael Douglas
as President Andrew Shepherd
Annette Bening
as Sydney Ellen Wade
Martin Sheen
as A.J. MacInerney
Michael J. Fox
as Lewis Rothschild
David Paymer
as Leon Kodak
Richard Dreyfuss
as Senator Bob Rumson
Samantha Mathis
as Janie Basdin
Joshua Malina
Beau Billingslea
as Agent Cooper
Mark Thompson
as Kenneth Michaels
Maud Winchester
as White House Aide
George Murdock
as Congressman
John Mahoney
as Leo Solomon
Aaron Sorkin
as Aide in Bar
Karen Maruyama
as Leo's Secretary
Googy Gress
as Gil
Thom Barry
as Guard
Clement Von Franckenstein
as President D'Astier
Shawna Waldron
as Lucy Shepherd
Rick Garcia
as Reporter
Ron Canada
as Reporter Lloyd
John Mahon
as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
Steve Gonzales
as Hud Secretary
Mathew Saks
as Congressional Staffer
Taylor Nichols
as Stu
Gail Strickland
as Esther MacInerney
Joseph Latimore
as Secret Service Agent
Tom Dahlgren
as Defense Secretary
Richard Stahl
as Rumson Staffer
Efrat Lavie
as Madame D'Astier
Anne Haney
as Mrs. Chapil
Andrew Steel
as Secret Service Agent
Arthur Senzy
as Deputy
Leslie Bega
as White House Staffer Laura
Wendie Malick
as Susan Sloan
Anna Deavere Smith
as Robin McCall
Nina Siemaszko
as Beth Wade
Kathryn Ish
Bernie McInerney
as Congressman Millman
Jordan Lund
as Carl
Beans Morocco
as Doorkeeper
Frank Cavestani
as Rumson Staffer


Rob Reiner
Rob Reiner
Robert Redford
Aaron Sorkin
John Seale
Marc Shaiman
Composer (Music Score)
Robert Leighton
Lilly Kilvert
Production Designer
John Warnke
Art Director
Barbara Maltby
Associate Producer
Charles James Newirth
Executive Producer
Jeffrey Stott
Executive Producer
Karen O'Hara
Set Designer
Louis Montejano
Set Designer
Gloria Gresham
Costume Designer
Robert Eber
Sound/Sound Designer
Frank Capra III
First Assistant Director
Jane Jenkins
Janet Hirshenson
Hallie D'Amore